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CBC News - 12 April 2005

Campbell promotes Port Mann Bridge expansion
Last Updated Apr 12 2005 03:32 PM PDT
CBC News

VANCOUVER - Premier Gordon Campbell says the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge is the key to solving transportation problems for many suburban commuters.

Speaking to the South Fraser Economic Forum in Surrey, Campbell said expanding the bridge will be an environmentally friendly move, as vehicles won't be stuck in congested traffic.

And he says it will also provide better transit and other alternatives to private vehicles.

"Twinning the Port Mann Bridge allows us to provide for public transit," he says."Twinning the Port Mann Bridge allows us to provide for cycling over the Port Mann."

The bridge expansion would be part of a $600-million freeway expansion from 200th Street in Langley to First Avenue in Vancouver.

The twinning has run into stiff opposition from the Greater Vancouver Regional District, which has asked the province to hold off on the project.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has said the increased traffic would turn his suburban community into a parking lot.

    * FROM JULY 30, 2004: Freeway improvements hit roadblock

Meanwhile, Campbell also told the crowd that the South Fraser Perimeter Road which the municipality of Delta has been lobbying for, is too expensive for the province alone.

He said the road would cost $800 million, and that B.C. would need the federal government's help in order to build it.

Delta wants the new road, to keep heavy trucks out of residential neighbourhoods.





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